Jacek Kołtan, PhD, a philosopher and political scientist, is Deputy Director for Research at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk, Poland. His research interests cover social and political theory, history of the solidarity idea, social movements, hermeneutics as well as social design and anthropology. He is author of ‘Solidarity and the Crisis of Trust’ (ed., 2016), ‘Anthology. European Solidarity Centre Permanent Exhibition’ (ed., 2015), ‘Solidarność. A Peaceful Revolution’ (ed., 2009), ‘Der Mitmensch. Zur Identitätsproblematik des sozialen Selbst ausgehend von der Frühphilosophie Martin Heideggers und Karl Löwiths’ (2012). He teaches social design theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk.